May 18, 2019 will live in the memories of the Eziokwus and Okafors for a long time to come. It was a day they became one family via the union of two beautiful and young hearts-Chigozie, and Chioma’s, their young and upscale children.
Not only did unspeakable joy and happiness found both families on the above date, hundreds of friends, well-wishers and business associates from all walks of life, including industrialists, captains of industry, business moguls, politicians, technocrats among others emptied into Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki, Lagos to felicitate and rejoice with them.
From the Church to the Podium, the ambience was gay, the atmosphere sunny. It was a celebration of love, initiation into the holy sacrament of matrimony of Valentine Chigozie Eziokwu and his delectable bride, Jennifer Chioma Okafor. The grand event spelt splendor, and class. It brimmed with royalty and panache.
The galaxy of exotic cars that saturated every available space at the church premises and the reception venue (The Podium) and the gaily-dressed guests that swarmed everywhere like bees were breathtaking. The beautifully decorated hall was drowned in Klieg light and glistening floral colours that perfectly matched the Aso ebi.
All through the colourful wedding, Chigozie and Chioma beamed with penetrating smiles, intermittently taking a searching but romantic look into each other’s eyes.
The cutting of the wedding cake and the subsequent usual bride/groom symbolic feeding of each other ushered the newest couple into their very first matrimonial task as man and wife amidst cheers.
Inextricable love that exists between the two lovebirds was evident during the dancing session. Chigozie and Chioma glued together as they unleashed the latest dancing steps on the ecstatic guests.
Soon, the groom and bride’s parents joined the dance floor. It was a refreshing delight to watch Chigozie’s parents, Sir & Lady Emma Eziokwu (Omeifeukwu) become teenagers again as they chronographically wriggled their waists in response to the melodious music wafting from the sound system.
Barrister & Mrs Okwy Okafor (Ogene), the soft-spoken parents of Chigozie’s paragon of beauty, Chioma, were not to be outdone. They responded energetically to all the music rhythm thrown up by the DJ.
The Chairman of the wedding, Anthony Iju Nwabunike, an oil & gas and Maritime czar, gave a good account of himself as a business administrator and manager of human resources as he skillfully piloted the affairs of the event within the period stipulated in the programme of event.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, says the Christian Holy Book, the Bible. And so, it came to pass that the very handsome Valentine Chigozie Eziokwu, according to him, not only found a good thing but found peace of mind, a soulmate and a helpmate. He is elated to have found Jennifer Chioma Okafor, his missing better half.
Jennifer on her part, was full of praises to God for blessing her with her desire, her dream husband. “He is my dream come true, a prayer answered and desire fulfilled. His name is permanently engraved on my heart”, the newly crowned Mrs. Eziokwu said.
Among the array of prominent Nigerians that graced the epoch wedding were; former Anambra State governor, His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, APC chieftain, Chief George Moughalu, business moguls: Chairman, the Orange Drugs Group, Sir Tony Ezenna OFR; Chairman, Ekulo Group, Sir. Emma Bishop Okonkwo OFR; Chairman/CEO, Obikings, Ifeanyi Ezeora; Chairman & MD, Tiger Foods, Onitsha, Ide Celestine and Mr. Don Ebubeogu; Chief IKB Igboanugo of the IKB cosmetics fame, Tony Ezeani of Tomez Group; Managing Director, Embassy Pharm and Sponsor of the wedding, Chief and Mrs. Chidi Obi (Ononuju); Emeritus President, Diamond Fitness Club, Eselu Chigozie Nwaolisa; President, G21 Club, Chief Evergreen Jude Onyedum.
Others include; Chairman/CEO, Today’s Motors, Albert Ezenwanne; Chairman/CEO, The Young Shall Grow Motors, Vincent Amaechi Obianodo; Ikenga Azia, Uzama Okpaleke; Chairman, Mega Chem, Chief Sam Ubachukwu; Ogene Mbakwu, Chief Ifeanyi Chukwuka; Tino Electronics Boss, Tino Oforezie; Emma Konac Aniakor; Enyiagbaoso Ichi; Chief Sam Okonkwo, MD/CEO, Mac-Tonnel Ltd. and Founder Naipet Energy Ltd, Anthony Iju Nwabunike who also doubled as Chairman of the wedding reception; MD/CEO, Embassy Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Nnamdi Obi among others.
– By Ingram Osigwe, MD/CEO Fullpage International Communications Limited